Who’s the “other” Woman? My mother has always been my inspiration! She was an incredible entrepreneur, a business owner, and one of the smartest people you could meet. Two Women and a Hoe® is a tribute to her memory.
Now this is going to sound strange, but the other woman is also my brother. I was a successful human resources professional who had worked my way up to what some may describe as an ideal job, but I was dreaming about gardening and getting dirty. And there was my brother, Michael, back in February 2006, saying, “Let’s start a business.” Well, I declined his offer. Suddenly, devastatingly, Michael died of a heart attack in March. You can guess the rest: In April, I developed a business plan and strategy to exit corporate America. Today, I am living my dream and mixing work with pleasure! I replaced my corporate high heels with Wellies, and never looked back.
The other woman is you, too! Whether you’re male or female, you may feel like I did. Know that I know you; you inspire me with your desire to identify your passion. I say, you can figure out what your “Wellies” are, whether you are in the garden or not!
So what’s with the Hoe? Obviously, it’s an essential tool in our repertoire, but I decided to redefine the other “hoe” to make it OK to be a hoe. My definition is this:
1hoe/’ho/n: one who lives life with grace, dignity, passion and compassion abundantly inspired by the gift of breath.
I’m a businesswoman who loves to garden, and I know that what I’ve said here has no weight if I can’t back it up with knowledge, sustainable landscape and garden designs, integrity, creativity, and customer service.
I am a certified landscape designer and master gardener who knows what works and what doesn’t. Our gardens don’t look like other gardens: They are low-maintenance and beautiful. After all, they should be our love, not our labor of love.
If you hire me, the most important thing you need to know about me is that if I say it, it gets done. I aspire to give back the gift of promise!
May all your gardens grow!